Michelle Obama is opening up to Glamour magazine about her cardinal rules for dating -- and reminding young girls to look for more in a partner than just a "cute" face.
"Cute's good," Michelle admits. "But cute only lasts for so long, and then it's, who are you as a person? Don't look at the bankbook or the title. Look at the heart. Look at the soul... When you're dating a man, you should always feel good... You shouldn't be in a relationship with somebody who doesn't make you completely happy and make you feel whole."
Glamour has honored Mrs. Obama with a Special Recognition award for her commitment to mentoring girls in need, and for encouraging the establishment of relationships that can see these kids succeed. Said Mrs. O., "I think that mentoring is such a critical part of the role I can play in this position. I see how little bits of exposure and big bits of exposure really change my girls significantly, and I want that for more girls around the country and the world."
Despite her new life in the spotlight, Michelle maintains that the most important role models in a child's life are the people they know -- not movie stars they idolize. "They were the people in my life. My mom, for sure. My dad. The teachers. For me, role-modeling was immediate, it was touchable... children connect with who is in their lives, present and accounted for... that's why we're trying to encourage moms, teachers, fathers, to be that presence in their children's lives, in their communities, because it really makes a difference."
Check out Michelle's full interview in the December issue of Glamour magazine, out next week.
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